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Schneider & J?ger win 24hrs Of Cologne

For the fifth time, Bernd Schneider got his name down on the winners' list of the 24 Hours of Cologne. Together with his Darkdog-team, the driver from the Saarland won the seventh edition of the indoor-classic at the kart track in ...

For the fifth time, Bernd Schneider got his name down on the winners' list of the 24 Hours of Cologne. Together with his Darkdog-team, the driver from the Saarland won the seventh edition of the indoor-classic at the kart track in Cologne-Rodenkirchen. Second place went to the team Wertgrund with Opel-driver Timo Scheider. The NO FEAR Racing Team with J?rg M?ller came home in third place.

Bernd Schneider.
Photo by Markus Arias-Roehner.
A total of three DTM-drivers took part in Cologne. Bernd Schneider and Thomas J?ger (both Mercedes-Benz) teamed up for the kart marathon. Timo Scheider (Opel) competed for the Wertgrund-team in Cologne. Opel motorsport director Volker Strycek, who initially wanted to support his youngster during the race twice around the clock, had to call off his participation at short notice because of business commitments. He was being kept up to date about the activities at the 375 metres long track by SMS.

The team headed by the 2000 and 2001 DTM-champion lived up to its role as a favourite. In qualifying on Saturday, last year's winners were on top already and claimed pole position. Initially, the joy in the team was huge, but Schneider warned for too much optimism. "Polo position is a good place to start from, but a lot of things can happen within 24 hours." Timo Scheider and his team Wertgrund qualified in fourth place.

Timo Scheider.
Photo by Elmar Vat.
The race over 24 hours was mainly marked by tactics. Bernd Schneider's Darkdog-team came in for its first tyre change at an early stage and dropped back to last place. In the opening stages, Timo Scheider's Wertgrund-team initially took the lead. After five hours, the Darkdog-crew had claimed back the lead and wasn't to lose it anymore until the end of the race.

"It is just unbelievable. After having looked at the starting list before the race, I thought that victory in Cologne would be impossible this year. And now, it still happened, just great", Schneider enthused after the race. And continued: "A big hand, first and foremost, to my team. These guys have been doing a great job here in Cologne. I am very proud of my team."

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